Police: Speed a factor in fatal Interstate 64 accident

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Police said speed was a factor in a multi-car accident on Interstate 64 in James City County that killed one Tuesday.

Darlene Therese Harris, 47, of Richmond, died at the scene as a result of her injuries, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya in a news release.

Harris was driving a 2004 Honda Odyssey at a high rate of speed on I-64 westbound near the Barnes Road overpass at mile marker 227, Anaya said, and when traffic slowed due to an accident, Harris drove her car into the rear end of a 2010 Toyota 4Runner.

The preliminary investigation into the crash indicates that after Harris’s car hit the Toyota 4Runner, her car went off the interstate and hit a concrete abutment, Anaya said. That caused her car to overturn several times into the tree line, and she was ejected from her car, Anaya said. Harris was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, Anaya said, and she died of her injuries at the scene of the accident.

Anaya said alcohol was not a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.

The driver of the Toyota 4Runner, and two passengers in that car, were not injured, and that car had minor damage, Anaya said.

Previously:

One person is dead following an accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 64 in James City County, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

Virginia State Police is currently on the scene of the accident on I-64 westbound at mile marker 227 near Old Stage Road, which took place at about 12:34 p.m., Anaya said.

All westbound lanes are blocked, Anaya said.

VDOT is reporting backups of about two miles and says traffic is moving on the right shoulder.

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